Do you have a favorite clock?
I’ve got one that’s on the wall above my bed and one that sits on my night stand. There is also the alarm clock in my laptop, of course. And then there’s the electronic timer by the stove which keeps me from burning whatever I’m cooking all night long. This is just an example of how many clocks I have in my room, but they’re not really clocks at all — they only do half the job real clocks do because their ticking-ticking-ticking makes it difficult to sleep through their buzzing noise .
But, besides these clocks which keep me up at night, there are also real clocks which I really like. And even though they don’t make any noise and don’t tick at all — they are better than the digital ones which do neither of those things.
These real clocks work like a regular clock because you wind them up once in a while to keep them working properly — but you don’t have to take them down and wind them up every month or so because they’re always on and working 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. They do that by themselves on purpose and without breaking the bank. The ones I’m talking about are called mechanical clocks . They don’t run on electricity or batteries, they are mechanical mechanisms powered by the weight of the earth. We call that gravity .
Mechanical Clocks Can Run For Thousands Of Years
The first mechanical clocks were invented around 1,000 BC and they didn’t make any noise or break the bank. They only lasted about 200 years but, as far as I know, they still work today and continue to tick away without a problem. This means that almost every clock ever invented that is still working today has been around for over 2,000 years — which is more than most clocks can claim! And yes, you can trust the brand new ones you get every day at your local store to work for a few hundred years too.
What kind of clock does not tick?
Not even the digital ones that have grown in popularity in recent decades. They make a nice clicky noise, but the hands are always pointing to a particular time and that time will never change. Digital clocks may look fancy, but they don’t prove nearly as reliable as mechanical clocks because the hands can always be adjusted and they can be moved forward or backward every month to set an accurate time for your area. You don’t have to worry about them keeping accurate time for thousands of years because it’s not an option!
But since I am familiar with mechanical clocks that are still working today, I realize that although they are not ticking like regular clocks do, their hands do tick over once every day. Why would anyone want to use a clock that doesn’t tick?
In the case of my two favorite clocks — one in my bedroom and the other on my nightstand — I don’t. They tick away and that is why I like them. The clock on my nightstand keeps good time because it has a pendulum that swings back and forth, just like a grandfather clock does , but its pendulum is smaller than most grandfather clocks’ . The clock on the wall above my bed has a balance wheel which doesn’t swing at all. It just ticks-tocks-ticks-to ks-t icks all night long — right next to where I sleep.
What Is Caused by This Tick-Ticking Noise?
Measuring the passage of time is not only for historians and astronomers. It is also a pretty handy tool for getting the whole family together and doing things like shopping, cooking, and eating at the same time. Think about it: if your friends arrive at your house late because they’ve been shopping or playing golf all morning, you can just look at your clock in the kitchen to see how much longer until they get there next. I know that I don’t have any plans on having visitors dropping by, but if I did I’d probably be thinking about this exact same thing.
But then your thoughts are interrupted by the ticking of the clock. It sounds like a harmless little thing, but it’s actually a pretty important part of everyone’s life. It makes us aware that time has passed and needs to be dealt with, which is why you need to turn off that ticking noise if you are going to try and sleep through the day.
I know thousands of people who have tried to sleep through a ticking noise only to find out that it was too loud . They gave up when it became impossible to sleep even though it was only 3 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon.
Can you get a clock that doesn’t tick?
Yes, of course. There are even clocks that don’t tick at all. Their hands and fancy-looking digital displays are just for show and are useless, but they still have the mechanism where the weight of the earth causes a regular movement that keeps them working. Don’t worry if you can’t find such a thing in your local store though; I imagine they’re not going out of style anytime soon.
But if you ever try to sleep through the day but can’t because of a ticking clock in your home, all is not lost. There are many options you can use in order to eliminate this sound. The most effective solution will be to remove the clock from wherever it is hanging on the wall, and I’m sure that won’t be a problem for you. But if that isn’t possible, then try unplugging the unit and wrapping it in heavy-duty aluminum foil . This will do the trick but it probably won’t last very long because clocks are designed to be plugged in.
Can you get a mechanical clock that doesn ‘t make any noise?
They do make noises; you can hear them ticking away without a problem . The only thing is that since they’re mechanical, some of these clocks do make noise when you wind them up, but others don’t and still keep ticking perfectly fine. It just depends on what kind of mechanism they’ve got inside. But I should warn you that if a clock does not tick, it will not keep time very well.
When Can You Hear A Mechanical Clock Tick?
You can usually hear them ticking if you’re in a quiet room or house, but it’s much easier to hear a mechanical clock ticking if there isn’t any sound around . If someone has recently vacuumed the floor or done something else that is noisy, then you can’t hear the ticking at all — it’s drowned out by all the other sounds. But then as soon as the vacuum is turned off and your family starts moving again . . . there it is: tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock.
How Can You Tell Which Type Of Clock Is Tick-Tocking?
If you can see the clock hands on the face of the clock, it is probably not at all. A good mechanical clock has a very subtle and unnoticeable ticking that you’ll have to really try hard to hear. But if you have your ear very close to the bottom of a mechanical clock, then you’ll hear it.
Know This: Most mechanical clocks do not tick-tock, but they will release a distinct click every time their hands reach 12 o’clock . If you can hear the click of a clock when it reaches 12 o’clock, then it is definitely not mechanical. It is actually digital or a quartz clock, and probably far too loud and obnoxious for your needs.
The ticking noise will also stop when there are no people in the room; i.e. when everything has been turned off and there is complete silence . If you came into my bedroom at night-time, then as long as I was awake you would hear the clock on my wall ticking away with every tick-tock movement.
What Kind Of Clock Is Best For Me?
Some people might be surprised to find out that there are actually clocks that don’t tick . I already said that, but it bears repeating! Still, most people like the ticking sound because it tells them that the hands have been moving and they’ve got somewhere to be. There is nothing wrong with that; a lot of people need the alarm clock noise to get them moving. That said, if you’re really looking for a silent alarm clock or a clock that doesn’t make any noise at all . . . then you need something else entirely because mechanical clocks do make noise.
Some people prefer digital clocks instead of mechanical ones since they don’t have any ticking. But I can tell you that digital clocks tend to be very loud when they tick which is not good if you’re trying to get some sleep. The most silent alarm clock actually has no ticking or noise at all!
How do you know if a clock is ticking? The small, quiet ticking sound is the most common type of ticking and comes with the price of being unnatural and very distracting, especially when trying to sleep. The second type of ticking occurs on quartz clocks. These types are more likely to be still than mechanical clocks and will sometimes engage in silent glides rather than a regular tick-tock sound.
Is It Always The Same Sound?
The sound a mechanical clock makes is determined by the weight of its mechanism. If you have a smaller clock, you’re not going to hear an extremely loud sound when it ticks — but if you have bigger, heavier clock mechanism , then it will make a much louder sound when it ticks. It’s very important to wind up big clocks regularly because they will just keep ticking away if you don’t keep their weight under control
Mechanical clocks are not only a great invention but they are also something that every culture on the planet loves to have. If you want to sleep through the day, you should be able to do so whenever you want and with no problem . But what if you’ve found yourself in bed at a time of day when most people are still out shopping and playing?
It’s tough to sleep through the loud ticking sound made by your mechanical clock, but this is something that can be controlled. The first thing I would recommend is moving your clock away from where you sleep because if it’s standing underneath your window or in an area where other appliances make noise, then there is no way that you’ll be able to sleep properly.
It might be a good idea to get an alarm clock that doesn’t make noise at all, but if you’re not bothered about not waking up then it’s probably better to go for some form of white noise instead. When I set out to find a quiet clock, I wasn’t so sure what the best option was . . . until I started looking into the three most popular noises that people like to wake up to:
An alarm clock with birds chirping or light music — this one is pleasant when you wake up , but it’s also a very common sound. There will be hundreds of other people who have woken up listening to the same thing as you.